Game of Thrones might be a cultural phenomenon, but listening to friends discuss it is a big social turn off, according to a survey commissioned by Panasonic. Ahead of Season Four’s début next week, 40 per cent of those polled said they felt Game of Thrones fans were more likely than viewers of other TV shows to go off into in-depth discussions of plots and themes that are hard to understand and have non-viewers’ eyes glazing over.
Respondents were asked which TV shows they think have fans that talk ‘antisocially’ about their beloved series in a mixed group, making them hard for others to understand. HBO’s Game of Thrones came in well ahead of other favourites Breaking Bad (34 per cent), Sherlock (30 per cent), Mad Men (11 per cent), House of Cards (10 per cent), True Detective (9 per cent) The Bridge (8 per cent) and Girls (6 per cent).
Craig Cunningham, TV expert at Panasonic, comments: “We’re living in a ‘golden age’ of TV and shows like Game of Thrones inspire huge fan devotion – of course, one person’s idea of TV heaven won’t be the same as everyone else’s.”